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Details about all nine Bachelor of Applied Science tracks can be found through the links in the left column, including program guides that detail proposed course plans. Those sections will answer many of your questions and you'll also find selected Frequently Asked Questions below.
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Question 1: What is the Bachelor of Applied Science online application process, application deadline and fee to apply?
Admission criteria require that students have completed an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution. Students with an earned Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree will be reviewed for admission on a case-by-case basis, and would need to work closely with an advisor to complete 21 technical credit hours as part of the program. Students who are in the last semester of coursework needed to complete an Associate's degree may also apply. Only online applications will be accepted. There is a one-time Bachelor's Degree application fee of $30.
The Bachelor's application process for the Fall 2014 Term will open on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 and close on Monday, July 21 at 11:59 PM.
Students who have met all admissions requirements no later than the posted deadline will be accepted into the program on a first come basis.
If you are not accepted, watch for the next application deadline for the next term or contact the BAS Student Development Specialist.
Question 2: What does a complete Bachelor's Degree application consist of?
Students who have met all application requirements will be accepted into the program on a first come basis. Follow these application steps below:
- Completion of EFSC's Bachelor's Degree (in this case a BAS) online application for admission
- One-time, non-refundable $30 application fee
- Completion of an A.S. or A.A. degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution, with A.A. applications reviewed on a case-by-case basis. An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree does not meet the minimum eligibility requirement for entry into this program. AAS degree holders who intend to transfer into the BAS program should consult with an academic advisor to review coursework and determine the best transfer options.
- Submission of all final, official college transcript(s) indicating the coursework taken and the degree(s) awarded. A transcript with courses in progress is not considered a final transcript.
- Submission of Florida Residency Affidavit with supporting documentation
Question 3: How can I prepare for the Bachelor of Applied Science degree (BAS)?
Complete the courses required for your current Associate's degree program (Associate in Science - A.S. or Associate in Arts - A.A.) and receive your A.S. or A.A. diploma from a regionally accredited institution. Make sure you are earning grades of "C" or better in your general education courses as they are an important part of the BAS transition.
The BAS degree requires 36 credits of general education.
Students who have earned an A.S. degree will be required to complete what is left of the 36 general education credit hours not earned with their A.S. degree. These credits will be considered part of the 60 credits required for the BAS degree. You can review the EFSC general education requirements by checking the list of courses under the Associate in Arts degree: click here for that list.
Students who have earned an A.A. degree are admitted on a case-by-case basis and will need to take 21 credit hours of appropriate technical concentration courses. Technical concentration courses will be used as part of the total 60 credit hours required for the BAS degree. One strategy is to consider selecting a College Credit Certificate (CCC) program in a subject that corresponds with your post-BAS degree career goals. Click here to review the extensive list of CCC program choices. Work with a BAS advising specialist in making your choices.
NOTE: Both A.S. and A.A. degree holding students may need to take additional courses depending on the degree you have earned.
Question 4: May I begin my BAS degree as a freshman or will I need to have an Associate's degree to begin the Bachelor's program?
An Associate's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution is required to begin the BAS degree program. Students who are seeking an Associate in Science or Associate in Arts are completing the first two years of the four-year BAS degree and should follow the Bachelor's degree application process as suggested in Question 1 when they are ready to apply for admission to the BAS program.
Question 5: How many credits are required for the BAS degree?
Each BAS degree requires a total of 120 credit hours. 60 credits will come from the Associate's degree. The remaining portion of the BAS degree is 60 credits with a minimum of 39 credits at the 3000/4000 course level; for a total degree of 120 credits. Refer to the BAS Planning Guide for your program of interest more information.
Question 6: Will it be possible to apply upper level course work (3000/4000) that was completed at a regionally accredited college or university to the BAS at EFSC?
Credits such as these will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis upon receipt of an official transcript to determine the application toward the BAS degree.
Question 7: Will a Health Sciences type of A.S. degree be required for the BAS degrees that have a health care focus?
Yes. Check the program details for the Health Care Management Specialization in Organizational Management and the information for the two Applied Health BAS tracks to see which associate degrees align with each health-case focused degree.
Students with healthcare experience and degrees in other areas other than those listed for each degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Healthcare-related BAS applicants who lack an A.S. in a health sciences field will need to submit additional information to support their application. Download this form: Healthcare Management Supplemental Experience Form
Question 8: Will it be possible to receive Financial Aid or a Scholarship?
Question 9: Is Foreign Language a graduation requirement for the BAS?
State universities require two sequential units of study in one foreign language in high school or eight to ten semester credit hours of sequential study in one foreign language at the college level.
Students also may meet this requirement by demonstration of equivalent foreign language competency.
BAS applicants who have not met the foreign language requirement may be admitted but will need to complete this graduation requirement. Foreign language taken at the college level does not satisfy the General Education or Technical Concentration credits and will not be used toward the upper division BAS credit requirement.
Question 10: What is the tuition for the upper division courses (3000 and 4000)?
The tuition rates for the academic year 2013/2014 are available by visiting the Tuition section of the website.
Question 11: Which campuses will offer the BAS and will there be any online courses?
The 21 credits of upper division BAS general education (for the A.S. transfer student) or technical electives (for the A.A. transfer student) can be taken at the campus of your choice and online through eLearning.
The 39 credits of upper division 3000 and 4000 level courses will initially be offered on Melbourne, Cocoa and online/eLearning.
Refer to the BAS Planning Guide. The bachelor's degree program is designed with the working student in mind so is offered in flexible formats.
Question 12: When will the schedule of BAS classes be available?
BAS course offerings will follow the registration schedule and deadlines outlined in the college Academic Calendar, which is available online. BAS level courses will be included in the College Class Schedules, which also are available online at this link.
Question 13: Are there prerequisite courses for the upper level 3000/4000 courses?
Prerequisite courses will be required for some of the upper level courses. However, these courses will be a part of the BAS program and the course sequence. Course descriptions are available as each curriculum is finalized through the online curriculum pages listed at this link.
Question 14: Will a BAS allow a student to pursue a graduate degree (Masters level)?
Check with the University you plan to attend. You may need to take additional prerequisites depending on the advanced degree you seek.
Question 15: What happens to my BAS application if I am not initially accepted?
Students who are not accepted for their initial application term will have an opportunity to be admitted in the following semester. The BAS Student Development Specialist and the Admissions office will contact students who applied but were not initially admitted.
Students who re-apply will need to do so directly with the assistance of a BAS program specialist.
BAS terms will start each Fall and Spring with a new BAS class added each term.